Dog survives 18km drive wedged in car grille

Last updated 07:48 03/10/2012
Dog stuck in grille
East Providence Animal Control Center
SURVIVOR: The dog after its ordeal.
Dog caught in car grill
East Providence Animal Control Center
IN A TIGHT SPOT: East Providence police and animal control officers help free the dog.

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US animal welfare authorities say a dog survived an 18 kilometre ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island - at speeds of up to 80kmh - after it was hit by a Toyota sedan and became wedged under the front grille.

East Providence Animal Control supervisor William Muggle says the female poodle mix ran in front of the car in Taunton on September 20. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog, so continued driving.

Muggle tells the Taunton Daily Gazette that it wasn't until the driver reached East Providence, Rhode Island, that another motorist pointed out the dog.

The driver went to the police station, where animal control officials freed the fluffy white pooch. The dog suffered a concussion and possibly a minor bladder rupture.

Authorities were trying to find its owner.

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- AP

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